Barton Backed For Big Ban…scholes Set For Sensational Return

William Hill have cut the price of Joey Barton’s ban being eight or more games following 90% of all bets placed on the market being for over. He is now 4/7 to face a ban of over 7.5 games (5/4 not to).

“Joey has always been known for his pugnacious style, but he may have overstepped the line one too many times and our punters think the FA are ready to throw the book at the QPR captain,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Gary Neville has been called up to the England backroom staff and William Hill make the former United man 14/1 to be the next boss of the England National team. With the 23 man squad set to be named on Wednesday, William Hill are betting on which players make the grade. Joe Hart, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard are 1/100 to be on the plane while Scott Parker, Gary Cahill and Gareth Barry are 1/50.

Surprisingly, Paul Scholes has claimed that he would be open for a call up to the Euros squad and he is 6/4 to go.

William Hill odds:

Next Villa Manager: 7/4 Roberto Martinez; 5/2 Paul Lambert; 10/1 Neil Lennon; 10/1 Rafael Benitez; 12/1 Mick McCarthy; 12/1 Ole Gunnar Solksjaer; 12/1 Alan Curbishley; 12/1 Bob Bradley; 12/1 Brendan Rodgers; 12/1 Kevin MacDonald; 14/1 Roberto Di Matteo; 16/1 Brian McDermott; 16/1 Claudio Ranieri; 16/1 Gianfranco Zola; 16/1 Louis Van Gaal; 16/1 Marco Bielsa; 16/1 Paolo Di Canio; 16/1 Gus Poyet; 16/1 Lee Clark; 16/1 Chris Hughton; 20/1 BAR

When will a non Manchester side next win the Premier League: 7/4 2012/13; 11/4 2013/14; 9/2 2014/15; 2/1 2015/16 or later

To make the England Euros Squad:

Goalkeeper: Defenders Midfielders: Attackers:
Joe Hart: 1/100 yes; 16/1 no
Gary Cahill: 1/50 yes; 12/1 no Adam Johnson: 1/1 yes; 8/11 no Wayne Rooney: 1/100 yes; 16/1 no
Scott Carson: 10/11 yes; 4/5 no
Ashley Cole: 1/100 yes; 16/1 no Steven Gerrard: 1/100 yes; 16/1 no Danny Welbeck: 1/6 yes; 7/2 no
Paul Robinson: 10/1 yes; 1/33 no
Phil Jones: 2/7 yes; 5/2 no Frank Lampard: 1/20 yes; 8/1 no Frazier Campbell: 16/1 yes; 1/100 no
Rob Green: 1/4 yes; 11/4 no
John Terry: 4/7 yes; 5/4 no Scott Parker: 1/50 yes; 12/1 no Grant Holt: 8/1 yes; 1/20 no
David Stockdale: 10/11 yes; 4/5 no
Rio Ferdinand: 4/11 yes; 2/1 no Gareth Barry: 1/50 yes; 12/1 no Andy Carroll: 4/6 yes; 11/10 no
Chris Kirkland: 14/1 yes; 1/66 no
Kyle Walker: 1/8 yes; 9/2 no Ashley Young: 1/16 yes; 7/1 no Peter Crouch: 11/10 yes; 4/6 no
John Ruddy: 5/1 yes; 1/9 no
Micah Richards: 4/6 yes; 11/10 no Theo Walcott: 1/6 yes; 7/2 no Jermain Defoe: 8/11 yes; 1/1 no
Glen Johnson: 2/7 yes; 5/2 no
Stewart Downing: 8/11 yes; 1/1 no Gabriel Agbonlahor: 14/1 yes; 1/66 no
Leighton Baines: 1/10 yes; 11/2 no
James Milner: 1/4 yes; 11/4 no Daniel Sturridge: 8/11 yes; 1/1 no
Phil Jagielka: 7/4 yes; 2/5 no
Tom Cleverley: 6/1 yes; 1/12 no Darren Bent: 3/1 yes; 2/9 no
Joleon Lescott: 1/10 yes; 11/2 no
Jordan Henderson: 20/1 yes; 1/150 no Bobby Zamora: 9/4 yes; 1/3 no
Stephen Warnock: 33/1 yes; 1/500 no
Aaron Lennon: 7/4 yes; 2/5 no Andy Johnson: 33/1 yes; 1/500 no
Ledley King: 8/1 yes; 1/20 no
Michael Carrick: 5/6 yes; 5/6 no
Kieron Gibbs: 10/1 yes; 1/33 no
Matt Jarvis: 25/1 yes; 1/200 no
Paul Scholes: 6/4 yes; 1/2 no

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 2/1 yes; 4/11 no

Joe Cole: 25/1 yes; 1/200 no

Gary Neville to be next permanent England manager: 14/1

Length of Joey Barton’s ban: 5/4 under 7.5 games; 4/7 over 7/5 games

England captain for Euro 2012 game vs France: 1/2 Steven Gerrard; 5/2 Scott Parker; 13/2 Joe Hart; 20/1 Frank Lampard; 20/1 Rio Ferdinand; 25/1 Gareth Barry; 50/1 BAR

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Roy Hodgson 5/2 To See Contract Out Until 2016: Curbishley Favourite For West Brom Role!

Roy Hodgson is widely expected to become England manager in the next 24 hours but William Hill are already betting on when he will leave the position. Should England have a shocker at the European Championships, he could be on his way and he is 14/1 to go this year. His contract is expected to last until after the 2016 Championships and that is the favourite to be his year of departure at 5/2.

“Despite not being everyone’s first choice, the odds suggest that England will stick with Hodgson until 2016,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Hodgson favourites who could make the squad under their former boss include Bobby Zamora (2/1), Joe Cole (7/1) and Andy Johnson (4/1). Those who could miss out are his former Liverpool cohorts and Hills offer 6/1 that no Reds player starts England’s first Euros match.

West Brom will need to find a successor for Roy Hodgson and Alan Curbishley is the 3/1 early favourite to get the job, with Chris Hughton 4/1 and Michael Appleton a 6/1 shot.

William Hill Odds:

Year Hodgson goes: 14/1 2012, 11/2 2013, 11/4 2014, 5/1 2015, 5/2 2016, 7/2 2017 or later

To make the euro 2012 squad: 2/1 Bobby Zamora, 4/1 Andy Johnson, 7/1 Joe Cole, 33/1 Paul Konchesk

6/1 No Liverpool player in the starting line up v France

Next West Brom Manager: 3/1 Alan Curbishley, 4/1 Chris Hughton, 6/1 Michael Appleton, 8/1 Roberto Martinez, 10/1 Lee Clark, 10/1 Steve Bruce, 12/1 Dean Kiely, 14/1 Tony Mowbray, 14/1 Derek McInnes, 14/1 Gus Poyet, 16/1 Gianfranco Zola, 16/1 Mick McCarthy, 16/1 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 16/1 Rafael Benitez, 20/1 Paul Lambert, 20/1 Brendan Rodgers, 20/1 Darren Ferguson, 20/1 Dave Jones, 20/1 Glenn Hoddle, 20/1 Sam Allardyce, 20/1 Walter Smith, 25/1 Gordon Strachan, 25/1 Ray Wilkins, 25/1 Dougie Freedman, 25/1 Roy Keane, 33/1 Alan Shearer, 33/1 Gary Megson, 33/1 Paul Ince, 50/1 Bryan Robson.

Joe Crilly
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Dalglish Odds On For The Chop For The First Time Since Taking Over!

Liverpool were able to arrest their alarming run of defeats but only managed a draw at home to Aston Villa. For the first time since taking charge, Kenny Dalglish is odds on, at 8/11 to no longer be in charge of Liverpool on the first day of next season (Even money to still be there). Hills make Jose Mourinho and Martin O’Neil the 5/1 favourites to take over from Dalglish with Andre Villas-Boas 8/1.

“Dalglish may be a legend at Liverpool, but there is only so much time his status can afford him and we now think his days may be numbered,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Following their somewhat fortuitous victory over Wigan, Hills make Chelsea 9/4 to finish in the top four of the table and Di Matteo is 2/1 joint favourite to get the Chelsea job on a permanent basis. Jose Mourinho is 2/1 with Pep Guardiola 7/1.

Clint Dempsey scored two goals for Fulham to crown a week where his name has been linked with the tw North London sides although William Hill think that he will still be at Fulham come the start of next season offering 1/6 that he is still there (7/2 he is not).

Kenny Dalglish still at Liverpool on first day of next season: 1/1 yes; 8/11 no

Next permanent Liverpool manager: 5/1 Jose Mourinho; 5/1 Martin O’Neil; 8/1 Andre Villas-Boas; 10/1 Jamie Carragher; 10/1 Brendan Rodgers; 10/1 Rafael Benitez; 16/1 Didier Deschamps; 20/1 Frank Rijkaard; 20/1 Guus Hiddink; 20/1 Marcello Lippi; 25/1 Owen Coyle; 25/1 Bert Van Marwijk; 25/1 Martin Jol; 25/1 Gus Poyet; 25/1 Jurgen Klinsmann; 40/1David Moyes; 40/1 Steven Gerrard

Clint Dempsey still at Fulham on the first day of next season: 1/6 yes; 7/2 no

2/1 Roberto Di Matteo named as permanent Chelsea boss

Top four finish: 1/6 Arsenal; 1/5 Tottenham; 9/4 Chelsea; 7/1 Newcastle

Winner without Manchester United and Manchester City: 10/11 Arsenal; 5/4 Tottenham; 11/2 Chelsea

Joe Crilly
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8/13 For London To Come Out On Top In Fa Cup…1/6 To Do So In Champions League

Tottenham booked their place in the FA Cup semi finals and William Hill make them 5/6 qualify at the expense of Chelsea (who are the same price) and 9/4 joint favourites of three (with Chelsea and Liverpool) to lift the trophy. The other semi final is an all Merseyside affair and Hills make Everton 6/4 to qualify for the final (Liverpool 1/2) and 7/2 outsiders to lift the trophy. It is 6/5 for a Merseyside team to lift the trophy and 8/13 for a London side to do so.

“With Sunderland and Bolton bowing out tonight, the FA Cup has become a tale of two cities and the odds suggest that London will come out on top,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

In the Champions League, Chelsea won in Portugal against Benfica and William Hill are offering 1/6 that they now progress to the next round of the tournament. They are 8/1 to win the Champions League although Barcelona and Real Madrid remain some way ahead in the betting at 5/4 and 15/8 respectively. Roberto Di Matteo’s team selection was somewhat derided before kickoff but did the job and Hills make him 11/4 to become the next permanent Blues boss.

Champions League Outright: 5/4 Barcelona; 15/8 Real Madrid; 6/1 Bayern Munich; 8/1 Chelsea; 14/1 AC Milan; 66/1 Marseille; 80/1 Benfica; 1000/1 APOEL

FA Cup winner: 9/4 Chelsea; 9/4 Liverpool; 9/4 Tottenham; 7/2 Everton

Chelsea Stage Of Elimination – Champions League

Quarters 7/2
Semis 1/2
Runners Up 6/1
Winners 8/1

Chelsea v Benfica – To Qualify

Chelsea 1/6
Benfica 7/2

Next Chelsea Manager

Jose Mourinho 9/4
Roberto Di Matteo 11/4
Pep Guardiola 5/1
Laurent Blanc 6/1
Joachim Low 8/1
Rafael Benitez 8/1
David Moyes 10/1
Fabio Capello 11/1
Guus Hiddink 20/1
Luciano Spalletti 20/1
Bert van Marwijk 25/1
Brendan Rogers 25/1
Didier Deschamps 25/1
Frank Rijkaard 25/1
Gus Poyet 25/1
Harry Redknapp 25/1
Martin O’Neill 25/1
Paul Lambert 33/1
Marco Van Basten 33/1

Liverpool v Everton – To Qualify

Liverpool 1/2
Everton 6/4

Chelsea v Tottenham – To Qualify

Chelsea 5/6
Tottenham 5/6

To Lift The FA CUP

Any London Team 8/13
Any Merseyside Team 6/5

Joe Crilly
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T C Odds On To Be Wolves Top Cat

TC ODDS-ON TO BE NEXT WOLVES’ TOP CAT!

William Hill make Terry Connor 1/ 2 favourite to become the next permanent (one year appointment or longer) manager of Wolves. Hills also offer 8/1 Steve Bruce; 10/1 Dave Jones; 14/1 Alan Curbishley; 20/1 Lee Clark; Ian Holloway; Gus Poyet. Others on request. ‘Terry Connor is in pole position to make the job his on a permanent basis but as yet still has work to do before he can be called that’ said Hlll’s spokesman Graham Sharpe

Graham Sharpe,
Media Relations Director.
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‘arry Odds On To Remain At Spurs Next Season!

William Hill are offering 4/7 that Harry Redknapp is still the manager of Tottenham on the first day of next season despite the likely availability of the England manager’s job. Jose Mourinho who could be on his way out of Real Madrid, is the 11/1 second favourite. Redknapp is the 7/4 favourite to be the next England manager ahead of Roy Hodgson at 6/1 and Arsene Wenger at 8/1.

Manager of Spurs on 1st day of 12/13 Prem
Harry Redknapp 4/7
Jose Mourinho 11/1
David Moyes 12/1
Fabio Capello 12/1
Carlo Ancelotti 14/1
Brendan Rogers 16/1
Guus Hiddink 16/1
Paul Lambert 16/1
Chris Hughton 20/1
Marcelo Lippi 20/1
Rafa Benitez 20/1
Gus Poyet 25/1
Joachim Low 25/1
Jurgen Klinsmann 25/1
Roberto Martinez 25/1
Owen Coyle 33/1
Jamie Redknapp 100/1

Next England Manager: 7/4 Harry Redknapp; 6/1 Roy Hodgson; 8/1 Arsene Wenger; 10/1 Alan Pardew; 16/1 Martin O’Neill; 16/1 Gareth Southgate; 16/1 Jose Mourinho; 20/1 BAR

Joe Crilly
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Championship Sack Race Hots Up: Sven Odds On To Go Before Mclaren

With the Championship season set to kick off this weekend, Hills are offering a brand new market on the Manager Sack Race. The Championship is home to a number of high profile managers this year and the market is expected to be incredibly competitive with Coventry manager, Andy Thorn, the 6/1 favourite to be the first manager to leave his club. Keith Millen and Sean Dyche round off the top three at 7/1. With two former England managers plying their trade in the division, Hills offer 14/1 that Steve McLaren is the first manager to go, while Sven Goran Eriksson is 16/1 although Sven is 8/11 to be out of a job before the Wally with the Brolly.

“This year’s Championship is expected to be one of the closest ever with a number of high profile managers in charge of high profile clubs. Not all of them will be able to live up to expectations and the managers’ sack race could potentially be quite a volatile market,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

First Championship manager to leave his job: 6/1 Andy Thorn; 7/1 Keith Millen; 7/1 Sean Dyche; 8/1 Nigel Clough; 9/1 Chris Hughton; 9/1 Ian Holloway; 10/1 Sean O’Driscoll; 10/1 Steve Cotterill; 12/1 Tony Mowbray; 14/1 Steve McLaren; 16/1 Darren Ferguson; 16/1 Sven Goran Eriksson; 16/1 Simon Grayson; 16/1 Dougie Freedman; 16/1 Eddie Howe; 16/1 Paul Jewell; 20/1 Nigel Pearson; 20/1 Brian McDermott; 20/1 Keith Hill; 20/1 Nigel Adkins; 20/1 Sam Allardyce; 20/1 Gus Poyet; 20/1 Kenny Jackett; 20/1 Malky Mackay

Match Bets
11/8 Hull; 2/1 Blackpool; 11/5 Draw (Friday night)
10/11 Brighton; 16/5 Doncaster; 23/10 Draw
6/4 Bristol City; 2/1 Ipswich; 2/1 Draw
21/20 Burnley; 13/5 Watford; 23/10 Draw
13/5 Coventry; 11/10 Leicester; 11/5 Draw
9/5 Derby; 8/5 Birmingham; 21/10 Draw
11/10 Middlesbrough; 13/5 Portsmouth; 11/5 Draw
7/10 Nottingham Forest; 9/2 Barnsley; 9/4 Draw
13/10 Peterborough; 21/10 Crystal Palace; 9/4 Draw
19/20 Reading; 16/5 Millwall; 11/5 Draw
13/10 Southampton; 11/5 Leeds; 11/5 Draw
5/6 West Ham; 7/2 Cardiff; 23/10 Draw

Championship Outright: 5/1 Leicester; 5/1 West Ham; 16/1 Nottingham Forest; 18/1 Reading; 18/1 Middlesbrough; 20/1 Southampton; 22/1 Cardiff; 22/1 Blackpool; 22/1 Ipswich; 22/1 Birmingham; 22/1 Leeds; 22/1 Brighton; 30/1 Hull; 33/1 Burnley; 45/1 Portsmouth; 55/1 Derby; 70/1 Bristol City; 70/1 Millwall; 110/1 Watford; 110/1 Crystal Palace; 150/1 Peterborough; 150/1 Coventry; 200/1 Barnsley; 250/1 Doncaster

Promotion: 11/8 Leicester; 11/8 West Ham; 11/4 Birmingham; 7/2 Ipswich; 4/1 Nottingham Forest; 4/1 Reading; 9/2 Middlesbrough; 5/1 Cardiff; 5/1 Burnley; 5/1 Leeds; 5/1 Southampton; 6/1 Blackpool; 6/1 Hull; 6/1 Brighton; 10/1 Portsmouth; 12/1 Milwall; 12/1 Bristol City; 16/1 Derby; 20/1 Watford; 20/1 Peterborough; 20/1 Coventry; 33/1 Crystal Palace; 40/1 Barnsley; 40/1 Doncaster

Top Scorer: 9/1 Frederic Piquionne; 10/1 David Nugent; 10/1 Shane Long; 10/1 Nicky Maynard; 12/1 Marlon King; 14/1 Michael Chopra; 14/1 Rob Earnshaw; 14/1 Kevin Nolan; 16/1 Craig MacKail-Smith; 16/1 Nikola Zigic; 16/1 Kenny Miller; 20/1 Adam Rooney; 20/1 Billy Sharp; 20/1 Dave Kitson; 20/1 Dexter Blackstock; 20/1 Jason Scotland; 20/1 Jon Stead; 20/1 Martin Paterson; 20/1 Rickie Lambert; 20/1 Ross McCormack; 20/1 Scott McDonald; 20/1 Simon Church; 25/1 BAR

Relegation: 13/8 Barnsley; 13/8 Doncaster; 7/4 Coventry; 9/4 Crystal Palace; 9/4 Watfor; 5/2 Peterborough; 7/2 Portsmouth; 4/1 Derby; 9/2 Millwall; 5/1 Birmingham; 11/2 Bristol City; 9/1 Brighton; 12/1 Burnley; 12/1 Blackpool; 12/1 Cardiff; 14/1 Southampton; 16/1 Ipswich; 16/1 Hull; 16/1 Leeds; 16/1 Middlesbrough; 25/1 Nottingham Forest; 25/1 Reading; 33/1 Leicester; 40/1 West Ham

Highest Scoring Match:
11/2 Peterborough/Crystal Palace
6/1 Burnley/Watford
13/2 Brighton/Doncaster
13/2 Southampton/Leeds
13/2 West Ham Utd/Cardiff
7/1 Hull/Blackpool (Friday night)
8/1 Nottingham Forest/Barnsley
8/1 Bristol City/Ipswich
8/1 Coventry/Leicester
9/1 Derby/Birmingham
9/1 Middlesbrough/Portsmouth
9/1 Reading/Millwall

Highest Scoring Team: 9/1 Burnley; 9/1 Nottingham Forest; 9/1 Peterborough; 9/1 Brighton; 9/1 West Ham; 10/1 Reading; 11/1 Leicester; 12/1 Hull; 14/1 Middlesbrough; 14/1 Bristol City; 14/1 Southampton; 16/1 Derby; 16/1 Crystal Palace; 20/1 Ipswich; 20/1 Blackpool; 20/1 Birmingham; 22/1 Watford; 25/1 Doncaster; 28/1 Portsmouth; 28/1 Coventry; 28/1 Leeds; 28/1 Cardiff; 50/1 Millwall; 50/1 Barnsley
*Dead Heat Rules Apply

Fastest Scoring Team: 12/1 Burnley; 12/1 Nottingham Forest; 12/1 Peterborough; 12/1 Brighton; 12/1 West Ham; 14/1 Reading; 14/1 Leicester; 14/1 Hull; 14/1 Middlesbrough; 14/1 Bristol City; 14/1 Derby; 16/1 Southampton; 16/1 Crystal Palace; 16/1 Ipswich; 16/1 Blackpool; 16/1 Birmingham; 18/1 Watford; 18/1 Doncaster; 20/1 Portsmouth; 20/1 Coventry; 20/1 Leeds; 25/1 Cardiff; 25/1 Millwall; 25/1 Barnsley

Total red cards: 7/1 none; 9/4 one; 15/8 two; 10/3 three; 11/2 four or more

Premier League promoted teams relegated: 7/1 none; 7/4 one; 6/5 two; 9/2 three

Championship promoted teams relegated: 1/4 none; 11/4 one; 16/1 two; 250/1 three

Joe Crilly
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Hughes Fancied For Villa Switch

HUGHES FANCIED FOR VILLA SWITCH

William Hill have made Mark Hughes 11/10 favourite to succeed Gerrard Houllier as permanent manager of Villa after stories circulated suggesting that the current boss may not return to his role following illness. ‘There are those who believe Hughes was a Villa target when the job became vacant after Martin O’Neill’s departure, so he could well be interested this time round should the position become vacant imminently’’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.

William Hill…NEXT PERMANENT VILLA BOSS…

Mark Hughes 11/10
Rafa Benitez 4/1
David Moyes 4/1
Steve McClaren 10/1
Roberto Martinez 14/1
Martin Jol 20/1
Chris Hughton 20/1
Sam Allardyce 20/1
Gus Poyet 25/1
Gary McAllister 25/1
Owen Coyle 25/1
Jurgen Klinsmann 25/1
Louis Van Gaal 25/1
Stuart Pearce 25/1
Kevin MacDonald 25/1
Carlo Ancelotti 33/1
Bob Bradley 33/1
Paul Lambert 33/1
Steve Bruce 33/1
Gareth Southgate 33/1
Frank Rijkaard 40/1
Martin O’Neill 40/1
Simon Grayson 40/1
Avram Grant 50/1
Fabio Capello 66/1

Further information…….graham sharpe…0208 918 3731

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Media Relations Director.

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City 11/8 To Finish With Six Point Flurry

CITY 11/8 TO FINISH WITH SIX POINT FLURRY
Manchester City have been shortened from 8/15 to 4/9 by William Hill to beat Stoke in their Premier League clash on Tuesday. Hills are also offering 11/8 that City win their final two games against Stoke and Bolton and Mancini’s side has been cut from 8/13 to 4/7 to end the season in third place.
“Arsenal’s unexpected defeat by Villa has given City a huge incentive to finish the season on a high note by taking third place”, said Hill’ spokesman Graham Sharpe.

William Hill odds:
City v Stoke – 4/9 Manchester City, 3/1 Draw, 7/1 Stoke.
To finish third – 4/7 City, 5/4 Arsenal.
City to win final two games – 11/8

McCLAREN HAMMER BLOW?
Steve McClaren is 1/3 favourite with William Hill to succeed Avram Grant as the next permanent West Ham manager. “At the moment it looks like a one horse book with punters desperate to back McCLaren at any price”, said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Current William Hill next West Ham boss prices: 1/3 Steve McClaren, 7/1 Kevin Keen, 7/1 Chris Hughton, 9/1 Neil Warnock, 10/1 Sam Allardyce, 10/1 Martin Jol, 12/1 Slacen Bilic, 14/1 Gus Poyet, 14/1 Ian Holloway, 14/1 Martin O’Neill, 14/1 Robert Di Matteo, 14/1 Paulo Di Canio, 14/1 Brendan Rodgers, 14/1 Malky MacKay, 14/1 Paul Lambert, 16/1 Dave Jones, 16/1 Sven Goran Eriksson, 20/1 Billy Davies, 20/1 Gianfranco Zola, 20/1 Alan Curbishley, 20/1 Sean O’Driscoll, 20/1 Gordon Strachan, 20/1 Stuart Pearce, 20/1 Glen Hoddle, 20/1 Rafael Benitez, 20/1 Jose Mourinho, 20/1 Julian Dicks, 33/1 Phil Brown, 33/1 Gareth Southgate, 40/1 Diego Maradona, 40/1 Ray Wilkins.

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Hughton Heavily Backed To Be Baggies Boss

Chris Hughton has been heavily backed in the last two hours to succeed Roberto Di Matteo as the next permanent West Brom manager. Having been priced at 10/1 yesterday, the former Newcastle boss is the 6/4 favourite with William Hill and already results in a high four figure loss. Current caretaker manager Michael Appleton the 3/1 second favourite. Early front runner, Sam Allardyce has drifted from 6/5 to 3/1 with Martin Jol 5/1.

“Any new West Brom appointment would have to work under a ‘sporting and technical director’ which could explain why Allardyce has drifted, as it can be certain that he would want the final say so in any transfer dealings,” said Hill’s spokesman Joe Crilly.

Next West Brom Manager Odds: 6/4 Chris Hughton; 3/1 Michael Appleton; 3/1 Sam Allardyce; 5/1 Martin Jol; 6/1 Derek McInnes; 8/1 Roy Hodgson; 16/1 Gus Poyet; 16/1 Alan Curbishley; 16/1 Billy Davies; 20/1 Paul Lambert; 20/1 Aidy Boothroyd; 20/1 Tony Mobray; 20/1 Martin O’Neill; 20/1 Paul Ince; 20/1 Brendan Rodgers; 20/1 Sean O’Driscoll; 25/1 Glenn Hoddle (others on request)

Further Information…Joe Crilly…0208 918 3746 / 07850 518 164

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